- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 16, 2016

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - The latest on developments in the lead contamination of Flint’s water (all times local):

4 p.m.

Michigan is considering new water testing rules for hospitals and possible changes to how large facilities manage their water systems after a deadly Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in the Flint area.

Licensing and Regulatory Affairs spokesman Jason Moon tells The Associated Press that state officials are analyzing Michigan’s public health code in terms of “the requirement and enforcement of water testing in hospitals and other facilities.”

The Legionnaires’ outbreak killed 9 people and sickened at least 78. Water testing found Legionella bacteria in at least one Flint hospital.

Officials also are looking at updated guidelines for building operators to mirror standards developed by a national industry group that require building owners and managers to conduct annual surveys to look out for Legionella bacteria risks and develop plans to control it.

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11 a.m.

Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr is encouraging athletes to help his hometown of Flint, Michigan, amid the city’s crisis with lead-tainted water.

The Community Foundation of Greater Flint says Carr is donating $100,000 to create the Carr Cares Fund for Flint. He’s also donating $10,000 for the Safe Water Safe Homes Fund to help with replacing pipes and plumbing.

Carr released a statement saying he’s “especially concerned about the children of Flint who now, because of lead poisoning, face tremendous adversity for the remainder of their lives.” He wants the Carr Cares Fund for Flint to be a place where other athletes can make donations online.

Carr played college football for Grand Valley State University in western Michigan.

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5:45 a.m.

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy says Flint’s children and families need as much support as possible amid the city’s crisis with lead-tainted water.

Murthy met with doctors, social workers, students and others on Monday in Flint and is scheduled meet with residents and take questions on Tuesday.

The Detroit Free Press reports Murthy says that most Flint children exposed to lead should be OK, but help is needed with education and nutrition. He notes, however, that “we don’t know which kids are going to develop complications going forward.”

If consumed, lead can cause developmental delays and learning disabilities.

For 18 months, Flint used the Flint River for drinking water. A lack of corrosion control in the water caused lead to leach from old plumbing throughout the city.

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